The GOP Tax Plan is a direct attack on graduate students. It seeks to tax graduate students for their tuition waivers. Such a drastic change will further marginalize underrepresented communities in higher education and hurt our ability to promote excellence in academia.
Join HGSU-UAW in phone banking this Friday to call our Senators and Congressional Representatives to demand that they drop this plan!
When: Nov. 10th, 12pm-2pm
Where: Dudley House Cafeteria
More Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/2015074782108667??ti=ia
CONTACT YOUR CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVES RIGHT NOW AND TELL THEM TO VOTE AGAINST THIS PROPOSED TAX BILL: CALL, E-MAIL, AND TWEET THEM
First, find your representatives, then call them, using the script below:
Sample of what you can say:
Hi Representative ___
My name is ___ and I am a graduate student and (RA, TA, etc) at Harvard University. I’m calling to urge you to vote against the proposed tax bill since it will have dangerous effects on working people across the US. In particular, as a graduate student employee, the elimination of the exemption for tuition waivers in section 117(d) of the tax code would more than double my taxable income. This exemption has existed for many years so that people like myself can afford to attend graduate school by providing critical research and teaching work in exchange for a modest stipend and a non-taxable tuition waiver. The results of this change would be devastating.1
In the Press
“Elimination of the tax exemption for tuition waivers is one more example of how the Trump/GOP tax bill hurts working people, students, and our institutions of higher education…”
“This legislation, taken in its entirety, would discourage participation in postsecondary education, make college more expensive for those who do enroll, and undermine the financial stability of public and private, two-year and four-year colleges and universities….”
“…The bill proposes new taxes on some private-college endowments and on compensation for the highest-paid employees at nonprofit organizations, including colleges and nonprofit academic hospitals. The plan would also tax the tuition waivers that many graduate students receive when they work as teaching assistants or researchers…”